By Rachel Hoeing

Great things in today’s Sunday Spotlight!

  • New Garden Friends School
  • Special Speaker at Forsyth Country Day School
  • Scouting News from Old Hickory Council
  • Merriwood Christian Camp
  • Fire Pit Giveaway from Cloverdale Ace Hardware


Where Do Educators Choose to Send Their Children to School?

There are many colleges and universities right here in the Triad boasting incredible faculty members with varying talents and areas of expertise. When it comes time to enroll their children in school, do they turn to public, private, or other options?

New Garden Friends School has seen its parent population of educators grow; currently 39% of their student body are the children of local educators. Those who work in higher education are uniquely positioned to see the value of the difference a private school education can make in the lives of their children.

New Garden Friends School is the Triad’s only independent preschool through 12th grade school built upon the long-held standards of extraordinary Friends schools. The school was founded in 1971 with the goal of educating children from differing backgrounds together in a positive, inclusive, and safe environment. Find out more at


One of the Most Important Parent Talks You’ll Hear

Special Speaker: John Trautwein
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Forsyth Country Day School auditorium
Free and open to the public!

Come hear John’s inspirational story and learn how parents can support their kids and be informed about teen mental health resilience and suicide prevention.

At this free event, John Trautwein shares his personal story of tragedy and hope. When John and his wife Susie lost their teenage son Will to suicide in 2010 they saw no warning signs that their popular and apparently happy son was struggling. To raise awareness about teen suicide and the challenges teens face in today’s world, they created the Will to Live Foundation. John is a former Major League Baseball player, an international business executive, and author of My Living WillLearn more here.


Scouting News from Old Hickory Council

February 2019 brought historic change to the Boys Scouts of America as it introduced a new name, Scouts BSA, for its flagship program for youth ages 11 to 18. Along with that change Girl Troops will be offered for the first time. Scouts BSA girls only troops will offer the same program opportunities as the all boy troops, including a pathway to the prestigious Eagle Scout award. Girl Troops are now forming throughout Forsyth County and northwest North Carolina. To find out about units forming in your area contact Craig Depuy at the Old Hickory Council at 336.760.2900 or visit

Spring is also a great time for boys to join Scouts BSA as many Cub Scouts are crossing over into Scouting and can register in time to attend Summer Camp with their troop at Camp Raven Knob. To find a Boy Troop visit  Adventure is Waiting—Join Scouts, BSA today!


A True Camp Experience!

Are you looking for a safe, positive, camp experience for your child that will promote autonomy and independence with challenging activities, all in a positive environment?

Merriwood Christian Camp (in Clemmons) offers quality, co-ed, age-specific programming for rising 1st graders through graduating seniors. The facility offers Day Camps, Junior Weeks, Middle School Weeks, and Teen Week… all on-site!

Day Camp activities include bounce house, fishing, hayride, paddle-boating, swimming, crafts, Bible Class, balloon animals and face painting, nature trail walks and more! Overnight camps include team building activities, skills classes (like  disc golf, archery, riflery, mountain biking, outdoor cooking, model rocketry, high ropes, and many more), 48-foot climbing wall, blob and water trampoline, large group games, and opportunities to find and pursue life in Jesus.

At MCC, campers will meet new friends, enjoy nature and outdoors, be mentored by quality summer counselors, and be challenged with Biblical principles. Check the website for video, overview, and registration link:


Warm-Up for Spring Event at Cloverdale Ace Hardware

Your neighborhood Cloverdale Ace Hardware is the place for all  your home, yard, and patio get-ready-for spring needs! To celebrate, Cloverdale Ace Hardware is giving away a warm-up for spring Fire Pit.  You can win just by finishing this sentence: Cloverdale Ace Hardware is my neighborhood place for ________________.

Enter to win 2 simple ways: (1) Click here! (2) Visit Cloverdale Ace Hardware!

The winner will be announced on TMoM’s Sunday Spotlight and will also contacted by Cloverdale Ace Hardware Cloverdale Ace Hardware is not just a hardware store, but a locally owned, friendly, and fun, unique place to explore.

Post Office | Bee’s Nest Gifts | Lawn | Garden | Patio | Tool | Grilling |Exclusive Big Green Egg Dealer | Benjamin Moore Paint | Hardware |More … |

If you need convenience, did you know you can also shop from the convenience of home and have your items shipped free to Cloverdale Ace? Delivery can be arranged!


Today’s blog is sponsored by New Garden Friends School, Forsyth Country Day School, Old Hickory Council, Merriwood Christian Camp, and Cloverdale Ace Hardware.